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TikTok fined 750,000 euros for privacy violation


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2021 Jul 22, 21:02, THE HAGUE
In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, the TikTok app logo appears in Tokyo. The founder of TikTok’s Chinese owner said Thursday, May 20, 2021, he will give up his job as CEO to focus on longer-term initiatives, a step that comes amid uncertainty over whether the Biden administration will force the sale of the popular short video service’s US arm. Photo: AP

The Netherlands' data protection authorities issued a 750,000-euro fine against TikTok on Thursday, saying the social media service violated the privacy of young children in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority noted that TikTok's app installation information was in English and was not readily understood by young Dutch children.
"By not offering their privacy statement in Dutch, TikTok failed to provide an adequate explanation of how the app collects, processes and uses personal data," a DPA statement said.
"This is an infringement of privacy legislation, which is based on the principle that people must always be given a clear idea of what is being done with their personal data," it added.
The data protection watchdog said it launched its investigation last year into the popular social media service, which has 3.5 million users in the Netherlands.
TikTok objected to the fine, the DPA noted.
In a statement mailed to AFP, TikTok said its privacy policy and a shorter and more accessible summary for younger users, have been available in Dutch since July 2020.
"The Dutch Data Protection Authority has accepted this as resolving the matter," TikTok said.
The EU in May said TikTok must address concerns of aggressive advertising methods targeting children in a case launched by consumer authorities in several member states.
TikTok has faced many such cases globally, and the EU claim came a month after Britain accused the video-sharing app of illegally collecting personal data from millions of children in Europe.
The case by the EU executive came after a signal in February by the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) about TikTok's alleged breaches of EU consumer rights.

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